After watching director Nick Lyon's Rise of the Zombies on Netflix Wednesday night, it's safe to say that this is a C-movie on a good day.
Released on DVD on Feb 12., the film debuted on the Syfy channel last October.
The plot centers on a plague that has "zombified" mankind leaving only a few survivors led by Dr. Lynn Snyder (Mariel Hemingway) holding out on Alcatraz.
When the amazingly athletic zombies besiege San Francisco, climb the Golden Gate Bridge, and swim to the Rock, the band must find a way to stop the zombie apocalypse. In true horror fashion not all of them live.
The make up and costume design of the undead is on the level of any recent zombie flick.
The film actually features a respected cast of actors including Levar Burton (Roots), Ethan Suplee (American History X), French Stewart (3rd Rock From the Sun) and Danny Trejo (Machete).
Among the pitfalls are its low budget, a second-rate script, and not shooting any scenes on the real Alcatraz Island.
Criticism aside, when it comes to the zombie-horror genre all we really want to see is uninfected people killing robot-like corpses right?
Rise of the Zombies isn't The Walking Dead, but it's not far from it.